PHXDW Conference Schedule

The PHXDW Evolve Design Conference is the signature event during Phoenix Design Week. Join us October 12th & 13th, 2019 for a full-on professional design conference chock-full of actionable insights, hands-on education and fire-fueling inspiration. All conference events will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center North, Room 120D in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. Adjacent parking is available, see Ticket Info for further details. We look forward to welcoming you!

Schedule — October 12

Time Event Location
8:00 AM

Registration

Plan to arrive early — lines can be long!

Room 120D Lobby
9:00 AM

Day 1: Welcome to Phoenix Design Week

Rick Burress, Emcee

Mike Marinello, Phoenix Design Week Director

Main Stage
9:20 AM

Keynote

Tommy Perez, Maker of Fun Stuff

Main Stage
10:10 AM

Keynote
“Designing for 1.2 Billion People”
Jack Morgan,
Duolingo

There are approximately 1.2 billion people learning a new language, and the majority are doing so in pursuit of a better life. As part of our mission to make education free for everyone, we studied millions of people spanning every country on the planet… until we made a shocking discovery that led us on a journey around the world, throughout the Middle East and inside one of the world’s largest refugee camps — where even more unexpected discoveries awaited.

Main Stage
11:00 AM

Refreshment Break

Room 120D Lobby
11:30 AM

Breakout Session 1

Choose a session from one of six tracks:

Room 131A — Adobe
Session and presenter to be announced

Room 131B — Business of Design
Jane Goat
“Running a Creative Business”

Room 131C — UX & Design Thinking
Zac Elletson
“Evolving a Design System at Scale”

Room 132A — Diversity & Inclusion
Eunique Yazzie / Panel
“Culture Shifting II: Metamorphose”

Room 132B — Creative Collaboration
Vincent Gonzalez
“Growing Creatively through Timed Challenges”

Room 132C — In-House Design
Jessica Foncannon

Breakout Rooms
12:20 PM

Lunch Break

Downtown Phoenix
2:10 PM

Breakout Session 2

Choose a session from one of six tracks:

Room 131A — Adobe
Session and presenter to be announced

Room 131B — Business of Design
Elin Guenther
“Accounting for Non-Accountants”

Room 131C — UX & Design Thinking
G. Mauricio Mejia
“Designing (Intentionally) for Behavior Change”

Room 132A — Diversity & Inclusion
Christina Carrasquilla
“Increasing Diversity in Tech and Raising the Status of Women”

Room 132B — Creative Collaboration
Patricia Murphey
“See Hear Feel: Conceptualizing a Mindfulness Book for Children”

Room 132C — In-House Design
Mike Russell
“Standing Up for Creative”

Breakout Rooms
3:10 PM

Welcome from AIGA Arizona

Jenn Monroy, President

Main Stage
3:20 PM

Keynote
“How to Talk Money with Confidence and Avoid the 7 Most Lethal Negotiating Mistakes”
Ilise Benun, founder Marketing Mentor & author The Creative Professionals Guide to Money

If you’re like most creative professionals, you hate talking money, whether you are negotiating your salary or a price with a client. But what if you learned to love the money conversation, develop a confident mindset and stop underpricing yourself? In this session, Ilise will reveal the most common mistakes creatives make when negotiating, and provide specific tactics for what to do instead.

Be sure to catch Ilise again on Sunday for a Breakout Session on Content Marketing!

Main Stage
4:10 PM

Refreshment Break

Room 120D Lobby
4:40 PM

Keynote

Liz Jackson, The Girl with the Purple Cane

Main Stage
5:30 PM

Day 1: Wrap Up

Everyone on Stage for a Group Photo!

Main Stage
Time Event Location
9:00 AM

Day 2: Welcome Back

Rick Burress, Emcee

Main Stage
9:10 AM

Unconference Lightning Talks

90-Second Impromptu Talks suggested by Attendees on Saturday

Main Stage
9:20 AM

Keynote

Alison King, Modern Phoenix

Main Stage
10:10 AM

Refreshment Break

Room 120D Lobby
10:50 AM

Breakout Session 3

Choose a session from one of six tracks:

Room 131A — Adobe
Session and presenter to be announced

Room 131B — Business of Design
Ilise Benun
“How to Create Bat-Signal Content to Attract Your Dream Clients”
Content marketing is, hands down, the most effective marketing tool if you want to attract your dream clients — the ones who are pre-qualified and vetted by the time you have your first conversation. In this special breakout presentation, keynote speaker Ilise Benun will show you how to strategically map out a content plan designed to get better clients with bigger budgets.

Room 131C — UX & Design Thinking
John Huber
“Design Systems: Designing Digital Products at Scale”

Room 132A — Diversity & Inclusion
Margaret Sullivan
“Beauty Packaing Design for the Low- to No-Vision Community”

Room 132B — Creative Collaboration
Victor Irizarry
“My Life in Design”

Room 132C — In-House Design
Prescott Perez-Fox
“An In-House Designer’s Guide to Life: How to Survive and Thrive outside of an Agency World”

 

Breakout Rooms
11:45 AM

Breakout Session 4

Choose an EVOLVE track session:

Room 131A
Amy Robinson
“That’s My Story and I’m Sticking to It”

Room 131B
Aaron Pierson
“Selling Your First Six-Figure Engagement”

Room 131C
Ashley Bright
“This is Your Chance to Change the World. Don’t F*** It Up!”

Room 132A
Jenny Poon
“Organizing your Studio to Take on the Big Guys”

Room 132B
Banna Tesfay / Young Designers Panel
“(Not So) Starving Artist”

Room 132C
Lisa Peña
“Information Design: An Evolving Story”

Breakout Rooms
12:30 PM

Lunch Break

Downtown Phoenix
2:20 PM

Keynote

Bob Case, Chief Creative Officer, LAVIDGE

Main Stage
3:10 PM

Refreshment Break

Room 120D Lobby
3:40 PM

Best of 2019 Announcement

Kathy Morgan, Exhibition Curator

Main Stage
3:55 PM

Keynote

Robert Generette III, aka Rob Zilla, Vector Art Monster

Main Stage
4:45 PM

Day 2: Wrap Up

Thank You and Acknowledgements

Phoenix Design Week Team

Main Stage

Speakers and schedule subject to change.

That’s not all—join us all week long for more community events.